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dc.contributor.authorPazzi, Silvia-
dc.contributor.authorTortosa-Ausina, Emili-
dc.contributor.authorDuygun, Meryem-
dc.contributor.authorZambelli, Simona-
dc.identifier.citationLocal Government Studies, 2016, 42 (6), pp. 980-1003en
dc.descriptionFollowing the embargo period the license above applies.en
dc.description.abstractThis study explores the impact of different ownership types on the efficiency of water utilities. Theories and evidence have shown a puzzling relationship between ownership and performance. Moreover, relatively recent contributions (Andrews et al. 2011) have argued that this relationship can be further convoluted by the effect of organisational and environmental variables. The current study aims to contribute to this literature by providing some empirical evidence for Italy, by proposing a methodology that combines non-parametric efficiency estimation and cluster analysis. Our main findings indicate that privately owned utilities indirectly controlled by a public organisation reach the highest level of efficiency but, when size and geographical location enter the analysis, ownership has a stronger significant effect on efficiency, and mixed utilities gain higher cost efficiency. Therefore, we may conclude that administrative reforms about privatisation and the institutional setting should consider a set of variables that characterise each individual organisation.en
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge)en
dc.rightsCopyright © Taylor & Francis, 2016. This version of the article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License ( ), which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.en
dc.titleThe Cost Efficiency of Water Utilities: When Does Public Ownership Matter?en
dc.typeJournal Articleen
pubs.organisational-group/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIESen
pubs.organisational-group/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/School of Managementen
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